How to Drive Safely Around Motorcycles (Updated)

 

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/14/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


It’s easy to become complacent in your car.


You feel like you’re in a cocoon.


Invincible.


But there are very real dangers on the road – especially for motorcyclists, and the people who are driving in their vicinity.


Motorcycles are more difficult to see than larger cars and trucks, often coming out of seemingly nowhere.


There are certain steps you can take to ensure that the motorcyclists around you stay safe and that you avoid an accident, too.


Here’s what you can do:

  • Maintain a safe distance between the motorcycle and your vehicle. Get too close, and your chances of getting into an accident increase dramatically.

  • Stay vigilant, even when you park. opening a car door into an oncoming motorcyclist is a recipe for disaster.

  • Keep in mind that motorcycles can speed up quicker than a car, so be careful when you pull out in front of one.

  • Use caution when checking your sideview mirrors for traffic. Motorcycles are more difficult to see, and they can pull up quickly to your area and into your blind spots. Remember that motorcycles can also be easily hidden by other cars or trucks. When changing lanes, be extra aware of where a motorcycle could be, and give them plenty of leeway to change lanes or pass your vehicle.


Don’t be a statistic.



Motorcycles make up less than 1 percent of the traffic on the road, but they comprise almost a quarter of the deaths due to traffic accidents.


Follow these rules to maintain safety on the road, and be a good fellow driver to motorcyclist.


These steps will also help you avoid an accident, which will damage your car and jack up your insurance rates.

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